Christmas 2016

What I would say

About Christmas would

Be incomplete.

There is much joy and sorrow,

Wailing and celebrating,

Loneliness and peace.

From shouts and tears

Comes an uneasy quiet.

It is all over in a laugh,

A smile, a wink.

Presents are used

And played with,

Only to be set aside

For reality and stress.

Keep one small hope

Alive for the next season.

We need precious hope

More than ever

To keep deadly fears at bay.

So toast and drink

Eat and feel satisfied.

The blessings have been given:

“Peace on Earth,

And good will to all.”



© 2016 Valerie Hathaway



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